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Issa Rae’s transition from bootstrapped web series to HBO

Rae is No. 35 on the Recode 100.

Issa Rae made history last year as the first black woman to create and star in a premium cable series with her HBO show, “Insecure.” This year, the show — and Rae’s profile — really took off.

“Insecure” stems from Rae’s 2011 YouTube web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” The HBO version travels some of the same landscape, with an assist from comedian and writer Larry Wilmore, who worked behind the scenes.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.